Title: I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies #1)
Author: Pittacus Lore
Genre: YA, Paranormal, Science Fiction
Published: August 3rd 2010
My Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Nine of us came here. We look like you. We talk like you. We live among you. But we are not you. We can do things you dream of doing. We have powers you dream of having. We are stronger and faster than anything you have ever seen. We are the superheroes you worship in movies and comic books–but we are real.
Our plan was to grow, and train, and become strong, and become one, and fight them. But they found us and started hunting us first. Now all of us are running. Spending our lives in shadows, in places where no one would look, blending in. We have lived among you without you knowing.
But they know.
They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They killed them all.
I am Number Four.
I am next.
First line: “The door starts shaking.”
My Thoughts (contains spoilers)
Seriously though, how amazing is that synopsis?!
First, I want to mention that I watched this movie years ago when it first came out and I absolutely loved it. So this book has definitely been highly anticipated for me. I’m not going to say that this book completely let me down because I love its premise, but I do have quite a few issues with it.
This book follows the life of Four, or John Smith – his fake name, who is an alien hiding out on Earth from another race who is hunting him down. John is seeking refuge on Earth after his home planet, Lorien, was almost completely destroyed by the Megadorian – another alien race. Few escaped from Lorien but those who did had a charm cast upon themselves, so that they could only be killed in a certain sequence. At the beginning of this book we witness the death of Three, so John is now in extreme danger.
Sounds pretty good, right?
Overall, the plot was actually decent and I’m excited to see where the series goes from here. My main issues lie in some other aspects of the book.
My first main problem with this book is the way it’s written. The writing style annoyed me particularly at the beginning of the novel where all of the author’s sentences were short and abrupt. Due to this, I don’t feel like the story was flowing very well. It’s almost as if the author was refusing to use the word ‘and’. I do understand that this could have been done on purpose to show the suddenness and urgency of what was going on in the book but I didn’t exactly like it. I did get used to it as the story went on though, because I was interested in finding out what was going to happen next.
Another issue I have is that I’m not very fond of the characters. To me, the characters were no where near developed enough and all seemed a little one dimensional, especially Sarah, which leads me on to my next point. The relationship between John and Sarah is pretty ridiculous. It’s all very insta-love and because of the way in which this book is written, it’s not developed at all. There isn’t much dialogue between the two characters which helps with showing the growth of their relationship – and the stuff they do say to each other is pretty cheesy and corny. It’s not exactly the swoon worthy/OTP type of relationship, that’s for sure.
Also, I don’t know about you, but if I was being hunted by a group of aliens my first priority would not be my girlfriend. Seriously John, get your shit together. His decisions are definitely questionable, especially the ones which put the people he cares about in danger – which is quite a few of them. Ugh, I also need to mention how random Sarah is. Like, ok, so her boyfriend just told her that he is an alien and she’s like, yeah, cool, ok, I believe you. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? I’ve decided I’m not fond of Sarah, I don’t know if you could tell that already.
The only character I truly felt anything at all for was Henri, and I think that’s because we see him as a sort of father figure to John. I did shed a tear when he died, mostly because of the dialogue shared between him and John before he died, which I found sweet and upsetting.
On a slightly more positive note, I thought it was funny that the authors used their real names in this book as some of John’s fake ID’s.
Plus, I think the whole idea of Legacies is pretty cool. I’ve not read anything that involves powers like this and the way they are learned once you reach a certain age.
As I said, I am excited for the next book because I want to find out more about this world and Lorien. Plus, I have higher hopes for the next one because it’s written in a different POV. So, overall, this wasn’t great but it also wasn’t completely terrible. I’ll definitely continue with the series, or at least the next one anyway.
Characters: 3/5 Stars
Plot: 4/5 Stars
Ending: 4/5 Stars
Originality: 5/5 Stars
Cover: 4/5 Stars
Thanks for reading,